All month long, we've been compiling our favorite submissions from local artists and bands for our Snow Show 16 Local Band Contest, and now it's your turn to weigh in!
All you have to do is pick your favorite any time between now and 5 p.m. on Friday, 11/25, and the top 5 finalists will play our Go Local Battle of the Bands on December 9 at the Fine Line. At the end of that night, the audience (and a panel of judges) will determine who will share the stage with Bastille, Banks, Judah & The Lion and Coin at Snow Show 16 on December 15.
Listen to all the artists and vote in our poll at the bottom of this page!
“One More Song”
Clay Borrell is a twenty year-old singer/songwriter from Excelsior, Minnesota. His "Lifeline EP", produced by Nico Stadi (Justin Bieber's "Purpose"), was self-financed/self released in January 2016, showcasing Clay's earnest lyrics and pop melodies.
Brothers Aaron and Christian Ankrum form the core of Grayshot. This alternative pop band, joined by drummer Reese Kling, has been busy steadily crisscrossing the US and parts of the UK/Europe as well as writing and recording material (their first full length album Stay/Go was self-produced) in their Minneapolis studio. Their songs are a rare hybrid of indie depth & heart with a large-audience ready sound that has already landed multiple placements in TV shows and documentaries for MTV, FOX, E!, FOX Sports, Buick and others. - Grayshot Facebook
Ryan and Derek are brothers, and they met Nick in middle school jazz band after discovering a mutual love of Green Day. They formed a band called "Lymphelium Lester." The trio added David to their lineup a few weeks before their first show. They performed at many events at their high school, Spring Lake Park Senior High. They contributed to several fundraising efforts in/around their hometown by performing at events including Bands for Cans and Bands Against Cancer. The quartet was honored to be selected as the winner of SLPHS's Battle of the Bands in 2014, which was judged by faculty members of McNally Smith School of Music in St. Paul, MN.
In 2016, the band decided to rename the group "Ivory Road." Under this name, they are working on a 10-song, original album with Andy Lowe Engineering, set to be released in early 2017.
The four members of Ivory Road are currently full-time college students across the Midwest. –Ivory Road Facebook
John Chuck & The Class
“Where Have I Been All This Time”
Rapper JC "John Chuck" Stroebel and producer Henry "The Class" Donato have been making music together since childhood. Growing up in the north suburbs of Minneapolis, they've modeled their talents and ambitions after the vibrant musical culture around them. Their latest project, John Chuck & The Class, aims to bring fresh new sound and perspective to the already thriving hip-hop scene. – John Chuck & The Class Facebook
Call Me Karizma
“Paint It Black”
New Prague, MN
Call Me Karizma is a 21 year old alternative artist from New Prague, MN. Fusing his love of rap & punk, he has created a unique sound that can be described as alt pop meets hip-hop.
In 2014 he spent his time performing at local Minneapolis shows, releasing his first songs, & building the ground floor of his social media following. In 2015 he hit the ground running by releasing 2 free EP's & has performed on 3 American tours with artists such as Mod Sun, Blackbear, Futuristic, Max Schneider,Gnash & The Summer Set. – Call Me Karizma Facebook
While current members of Postina would gladly tattoo each other’s names on their bodies, this indie poprock band has survived its share of breakups and embraces them fully with a new ep, write a better end. Postina’s music is a collaboration of each members diverse musical influences - beth Renee (vocals, synth), Andy Root (guitars), Ryan Masterson (bass), Faith Eskola (vocals, violin and mandolin) and Dave Donovan (drums). Andy Root got his musical start in his hometown of San Diego and Dave Donovan had a guest appearance playing harmonica with Weezer. The two founding members met in 2008 and Postina was born. All but one of Postina’s members connected through craigslist. After taking some time off to “reset”, Postina is back with a few line up changes and a different take on the early years of the band’s sound - new vocalist beth Renee (her first band), Ryan Masterson (former bass player for Umbrella Sequence) and Faith Eskola (played violin on tour with Sara Groves). Postina tracked songs for write a better end at riverrock studios in NE Minneapolis and worked with Brent Sigmeth (Littlebig studio /Pachyderm studio/Nirvana) to mix the record. – Postina Facebook
Saving Vinyl City
”Call It What You Will”
Saving Vinyl City is a five piece good looking funk pop band from Minneapolis.
SVC plays original music but also likes to put their own spin on covers from time to time. Every song and show they put on is unique. SVC strives to create music that will effect lives and generate real emotion and real discussion. – Saving Vinyl City Facebook
Their self-released single “Kisser” found its way to #1 on the Hype Machine charts just two weeks after its release despite virtually no publicity. The track has since garnered over 5.5 million plays on Spotify and catapulted the band onto the international music scene.
With appearances at Firefly Festival, Summerfest, SXSW, CMJ, Canadian Music Week and a slew of other festivals and major venues across North America, Step Rockets have developed a reputation as one of the most exciting new live bands on the scene, seamlessly blending wailing guitar solos and anthemic melodies with infectious dance grooves. - Step Rockets Facebook
There’s no map to follow, but we’re in charge of the directions we take. We’ve only got so much time to walk on those paths before we’re not around to walk them anymore, because life is short; we have to make the best of our time while we have it.
That is the mindset Time Atlas wants to embody as they venture into uncharted waters. “We want to make a difference”, says frontman Grayson DeWolfe, “and I feel like if we can touch even one person with our music, then we’re succeeding in what we’re setting out to do”. An emerging Minneapolis pop/rock band, the quintet formed when DeWolfe was pursuing a solo career with the group as his live band. – Time Atlas Facebook
We are a group of young men pursuing lives we love. Making friends and making music. – Whosah Facebook